Neither Chris Connelly nor Jess Cagle said that Viola Davis had just made Oscar history. They overlooked the Denzel Washington history that same morning. He was a Best Actor Oscar nominee for FENCES. The 2-time Oscar winner had received his 7th nomination. The next year, he's continue his reign as the most Oscar-nominated black actor in Hollywood history with an 8th nomination.
Chris Connelly and Jess Cagle also missed the history that Denzel Washington was the first black actor to receive a Best Actor Oscar nomination for a performance in a film he directed -- a film that also got an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Washington was one of the film's producers and he received an Oscar nomination in the Best Picture producer category. He also directed his co-star to her record-breaking, history-making third Oscar nomination.
The two guest entertainment journalists missed all that history about Viola Davis when they discussed the Oscar nominations live on ABC's Good Morning America.
By the way, ABC is the network that airs the hit prime time legal drama series, How To Get Away With Murder starring...Viola Davis. Chris and Jess didn't mention that either. Viola Davis won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for FENCES.
Yes, I have pitched myself for years to work for ABC on its morning show. I never got a response.
The movie GREEN BOOK opens this month. It's already generated solid reviews and Oscar buzz in Best Picture category. This film is based on a true story and a real-life travel guide that helped African American motorists travel safely through the Jim Crow South. Mahershala Ali, Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner for MOONLIGHT, stars with Viggo Mortensen.